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Coates understands Stoke fans questioning Huth loan exit

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates understands fans questioning the decision to loan Robert Huth to Leicester City.

The Potters defence has since been hit by injury.

Coates told The Sentinel: "Yes, I can understand why supporters would be asking why did you let him go, but equally I can understand the management team's reasons for doing so.

"They wanted to give him games after his long-term knee injury and it was felt reserve games weren't suitable.

"We had also brought in Philipp Wollscheid to add to the centre-halves we had here.

"The timing was then very unfortunate with the injuries that followed the decision to let Robert go.

"Ryan has got a wonderful appearance record, for instance, but then came that bad run of injuries which included him, Marc Wilson and now Marc Muniesa."

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